We regularly claim to know what the Bible says. But do we really know what the Bible says and does not say about marriage?
The church has not always been involved in marriage. In ancient cultures, marriage was more of a business deal, linking one wealthy family to another wealthy family. But soon the church started to dictate rules for getting married and rules for dissolving a marriage. It was not until the Protestant Reformation when people started to question the church’s involvement in marriage with Martin Luther and John Calvin teaching that marriage was a civil matter. Many church leaders today continue to believe that we should encourage couples to go to the city hall to be registered legally and then come to the church for a blessing. In marriage I operate as an official of the state. It is by the power vested in me by the District of Columbia and the United Methodist Church that I’m able to pronounce people married. But if marriage is a sacred institution, then why is the government involved in marriage to begin with? Whether the church is ready to talk about it or not, our nation is talking